Gymnastics Signs Three Student-Athletes For the 2006 Season

Nov. 15, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Three gymnasts - including two Junior Olympic national champions - have signed letters of intent with Oregon State, head coach Tanya Chaplin announced Monday.

Brooke Barclay (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho/Coeur d'Alene HS), Jami Lanz (Eugene, Ore./Churchill HS) and Tasha Smith (Auburn, Wash./Todd Beamer HS) will join the Beavers next fall.

'We are really excited signing three outstanding athletes,' said Chaplin. 'All three signees are not only excellent gymnasts, but wonderful young ladies, that will make a significant impact on our program right away.'

Brooke Barclay

Barclay won the 2004 Junior Olympic level 10 national title on vault, and Smith took first place on floor at the 2003 Junior Olympic Level 10 Championships. Lanz has several top five finishes at the national level.

In addition to her national title on vault, Barclay took third on floor at the 2004 J.O. Championships. Barclay upgraded her vault for nationals after placing third at the 2004 Region 2 Championships, where she was sixth in the all-around. She placed sixth on vault at the 2003 J.O. national meet. Barclay, who holds the Idaho state all-around record, won all-around titles at the 2003 and 2004 Idaho state championships. She also won vault, beam and floor titles at the 2004 state meet. She trains with coaches Dave and Lisa Adlard at Funtastics.

'Brooke has the unique combination of power and grace,' said Chaplin. 'Her skill level is outstanding on all four events, but her strength on vaulting and beam will immediately improve our lineup.'

Jami Lanz

Lanz tied for sixth on vault at the 2004 J.O. meet and tied for fourth on vault and bars at the 2003 competition. She won floor and took second on vault and the all-around at the 2004 Region 2 Championships. Lanz is a 16-time Oregon state champion, winning four state titles in the all-around, four on bars, three on vault, three on floor and two on beam. She's a 13-time Region 2 champion, with five wins in the all-around, three on beam and floor, and one vault and bars. Lanz works with coaches Linda Mulvihill and Rosen Manalov at the National of Academy of Artistic Gymnastics, the same gym that former Beaver All-Americans Chari Knight, Heather Bennett and Katrina Severin attended. Coach Chaplin and several other former Beavers also trained at NAAG.

Tasha Smith

'Jami is a charismatic performer that will captivate the fans in Gill, and will make an immediate impact on all four events,' said Chaplin. 'We are conficent that she will have the same success the former outstanding NAAG gymnasts have enjoyed at Oregon State.'

Smith's floor title capped off a strong performance at the 2003 J.O. meet, where she also tied for fourth on vault and ended up third in the all-around. In 2002, she placed second in the all-around at the J.O. championships, tying for fourth on floor and taking fifth on bars and beam. She was hampered with an ankle injury during the 2004 season but still managed to qualify for nationals after placing fourth in the all-around at the Region 2 meet, where she won vault and floor. Smith works out at Gym Express under the direction of coaches Jeff and Linda Lutz and Dave Hart.

'Tasha is a dynamic gymnast and a strong competitor,' said Chaplin. 'Her experience and success as a level 10 gymnast will allow her to immediately compete with the nations best.'

2005-06 Oregon State Gymnastics Letter of Intent Signees
• Brooke Barclay (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho/Coeur d'Alene HS/Funtastics)
• Jami Lanz (Eugene, Ore./Churchill HS/National Academy of Artistic Gymnastics)
• Tasha Smith (Auburn, Wash./Todd Beamer HS/Gym Express)